Audapting With Audventurism

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Aspire to inspire. Now that I’m awakened and aligned with the universal source, I would like to share the story of my backpacking journey by backtracking to the Summer of June 2019, right after teaching yoga for 3 months at a yoga resort in the Osa Peninsula, Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. I’ll start off with a summary of my trip here, and then post about my experience in each place I visited so that you can adapt along with me into Audventurism! Before embarking on this journey, I came up with an itinerary on Google Docs and ever since kept adding to it (shocked there’s not an easier planning system out there, and if you know of one, please do inform me). All I had to go by was a list of places I wanted to visit, along with some research and recommendations about those places. That’s right, I didn’t have anything really “planned” and this was a first for me...as I was used to planning what was to come with my controlled monkey mind and project manager role in me (naturally a type-A mindset). In the beginning, I started to book things far in advance, until I soon realized that was the wrong way to do this “backpacker” life-style. And eventually, along the way, people would provide advice and recommendations about where to go and where to stay, at the exact right time. I didn’t need to “plan” because the universe was guiding me – it had my back, every step of the way. So basically, I started out with an itinerary to visit 10 or so countries along with some suggestions, my large backpack, medium backpack and small backpack...along with a whole lot of fear and excitement inside. Not to mention, I’ve had insomnia problems since college and am naturally an introvert -- talk about conquering your fears!


Below is the original itinerary that I worked off of (dates are not exact, but close). I added along the accommodations (through Booking.com & Airbnb.com) and a short summary about each experience (including a snip from my journal).

 

ITINERARY

COSTA RICA

Duration: ~6 days


June 14-16 Nosara-Mamma Rosa Aparthotel

June 16-20 Puerto Viejo-Oasis Hostel


Summary: jungle, beach, biodiversity (exotic plants & animals), fresh food, surfing, hiking, happy locals, pura vida.

Journal: Pure/ideal, exotic, I loved the jungle life, beaches, people-lifestyle.


PANAMA

Duration: ~10 days


June 20-22 Bocas Del Toro-Pipa Loca Bay

June 22-24 Bocas Del Toro-Bambuda Lodge

June 24-27 Boquete-Bambuda Castle

*Coffee tour

June 27 Panama City-Zebulo Hostel

June 28-30 Panama City-Hotel Casa Panama


Summary: party/reggae, drugs, touristy, nice but some rude locals (varies), diverse towns from modern/poor parts of the city to rural/indigenous. Vast amounts of green mountains and beautiful sunsets.

Journal: fun, trashy, don't see myself wanting to live there, touristy


COLOMBIA

Duration: ~27 days


June 30-July 3 Cartagena-Maloka

July 3-5 Santa Marta-Masaya & Tayrona Park-camped

July 5-8 Palomino-Palomino Dreamers

July 8-11 Medellín-Los Patios

July 11-13 Jardin-Sergeant Pepper’s

*Coffee tour

July 13-15 Salento-La Terrazas

July 15-17 Popayan-Hotel La Herreria Colonial

July 17 Ipiales-Casa De Peregrinos


Summary: party/salsa/colorful, prostitution, drugs, lots of tourism, diversity throughout the cultures in each town, very nice locals in each town. Didn’t feel as dangerous as expected, very beautiful vast amounts of green mountains and sunsets as well.

Journal: colorful and mountainous, diverse in each area


ECUADOR

Duration: ~10 days


July 18-20 Quito-Friends Hotel & Rooftop

July 20-22 Quilotoa-Maritata’s House Hostel

July 22-24 Banos-Hostal Amazonia y sol

*Waterfall bike tour

July 24-28 Montanita-Casa Del Sol


Summary: very poor, tourism-dependent, buses not so great, beautiful mountains from greenery to glaciers, rude locals except for in rural areas, very cold water and wind chills but very sunny at the same time so hard to know what to wear because the weather changes so drastically.

Journal: very indigenous, kind people, hiking, waterfalls


PERU

Duration: ~20 days


July 28-31 Mancora-Hospedajo El Italiano

Aug 1-3 Lobitos-La Casona de Lobitos

Aug 3-5 Huanchaco-Frogs Chillhouse

Aug 6-7 Huarez-Akilpo

Aug 7-10 Lima-Faraona Grand Hotel

Aug 10-11 Cusco to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu-Flowers House

Aug 12-14 Cusco-Hotel Santa Maria

Aug 15 bus to Arequipa

Aug 16-17 Colca Canyon (*2-day tour)

Aug 17 Arequipa-Conde de Lemos


Summary: party/reggae/drugs, tourism in cities, some nice and rude locals, buses very nice, lots of desert and very high snow capped mountains, yummy foods, cold and hot in certain parts.

Journal: switched between poor to wealthy to touristy to party, instruments, surfing, hiking


BOLIVIA

Duration: ~10 days

Aug 18-19 Copacabana

Aug 20-24 La Paz-Loki Hostel

Aug 25-27 Uyuni Salt Desert (*3-day tour)

Aug 28-29 Sucre-El Hotel De Su Merced

Aug 29 flight to Rio


Summary: party/dirty, tourism-dependent, nice and rude locals, colorful by Lake Titicaca with the best stuffed trout I’ve ever had, witch markets, women wrestling, white capital and desert with amazing views and relaxing times.

Journal: beautiful landscapes, poor, thriving on tourism


BRAZIL

Duration: ~7 days

Aug 29-Sept 1 Rio de Janeiro-Ipanema Beach Hostel

Sept 2 head to Sao Paulo

Sept 2-4 Sao Paulo-Oyo San Francisco Plazza hotel

Sept 5 flight to Iguazu Falls


Summary: lots of parties and beach/games/working out by the beach vibes with music playing all the time. First impression was more of an emo-feel at my hostel, but then turned into a rustic fun place. Clean and beautiful with a lot of history and variety of mixed cultures together.

Journal: healthy, modern, fun, music, I could see myself going back here


ARGENTINA

Duration: ~6 days


Sept 5-6 Iguazu Falls-San Martin Resort and Spa

*Speedboat tour

Sept 6 flight to Buenos Aires

Sept 7-11 Buenos Aires-Lopez Hostel


Summary: many green parks and has a European feel with many Asians around as well. Historical neighborhoods with different vibes in each spot from modern to hipster to trashy.

Journal: modern and European feel. I don’t see myself wanting to live here


CHILE

Duration: ~7 days


Sept 11-12 Santiago-Rado Hostel

Sept 13-16 Valparaiso-Hotel Boutique Casa Vander

Sept 17-18 Pichilemu-Patiperro Hostel


Summary: really friendly people with a chill fun vibe. The coast was completely different, a bit dirty/sketchy with a lot of history, steps, graffiti and rural but touristy beach feel. Yummy foods and like to party.

Journal: really enjoyed the people, very nice, welcoming and very helpful and happy, cultural


NEW ZEALAND

Duration: ~14 days


Sept 19-flight to New Zealand

Sept 20-24 Auckland-Airbnb- “Bag End. Wee cottage,tons of cute near everything”, “Private bathroom· Queen bed· Flexible checking-in”, “Central location /Ensuite Bathroom /Cont breakfast”

Sept 25-26 Rotura-Rock Solid Backpackers hostel

*Hobbiton tour

Sept 27 Lake Taupo- Haka Lodge Taupo

Sept 28 *Waitomo Caves tour, head back to Auckland-Jucy Snooze Auckland

Sept 29 flight to South Island

Sept 30-Oct 2-Queenstown-Jucy Snooze Queenstown

Oct 3 Millford Sound/Lake Wanaka-Wanakabakpaka Hostel

Oct 4-5 Franz & Fox Glaciers-Glow Worm Hostel

Oct 6 Lake Pukaki & Tekapo-Tailor Made Lodge

Oct 7-8 Christchurch-Foley Towers Hostel

Oct 9 flight to Australia


Summary: the most stunning landscapes with snow-capped mountains to view every direction and valleys with sheep and cows everywhere, windy roads. Good food, hiking vibes.

Journal: a bit serious but very beautiful and romantic. I would want to have a partner here to explore more


AUSTRALIA

Duration: ~14 days


Oct 9-10 Cairns-Bounce Cairns Hostel

Oct 11 Arlie Beach-Backpackers By the Bay Hostel

Oct 12 *Whitehaven Beach and Island All Inclusive Day Tour - ZigZag Whitsundays

Oct 13 Rockhampton-Southside Holiday Village

Oct 14-15 Noosa & Sunshine Beach-Dolphins Beach House

Oct 16-18 Gold Coast-Backpackers in Paradise

Oct 19 Byron Bay-Byron Bay Beach Hostel

Oct 20 flight to Sydney

Oct 21-23 stayed with family friends

Oct 24 flight to Melbourne

Oct 25-28 Melbourne-Pint On Punt Backpackers Hostel


Summary: a lot of drinking, partying and beautiful beaches, snorkeling, boats, Asian neighborhoods and fish and chips, koalas and kangaroos.

Journal: party yet relaxing, beaches and cities beautiful yet crowded, nice people, many drunks


SINGAPORE

Duration: ~7 days


Oct 27-Nov 2-stayed in a friend’s Airbnb

Nov 3-flight to Indonesia


Summary: humid and sweaty, clean and maintained everywhere with lots of rules, temples and Chinese/Indian/Asian cultures everywhere and tons of small food courts (seafood, rice and meat dishes).

Journal: clean, strict and civilized, only need a short time here


INDONESIA

Duration: ~7 days


Nov 3-4 Uluwatu-Lala Homestay Bingin

Nov 5 Nusa Penida-Deva Devi Beach Inn

Nov 6 Nusa Lembongan-Sea Bridge Villa Ceningan

Nov 7-8 Ubud-Kunang Kunang Guest House

Nov 9-10 Canggu-Serenity Eco Guesthouse

Nov 11 flight to Vietnam


Summary: motorcycles, temples, smoothie bowls, and cafes everywhere. Lots of tourists, beautiful sunsets and very friendly people/locals.

Journal: religious influences, nice people, chaotic, beautiful landscapes and structures


VIETNAM

Duration: ~7 days


Nov 11-12 Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City-Vitamin Smiles Hostel

*Cu Chi Tunnels tour

Nov 13 Phan Thiet-Cô Tư's Homestay

*White Sand Dunes Tour

Nov 14-15 Hanoi-Serenity Diamond Hotel

*Lying Dragon/ Hang Mua tour

Nov 16-18 Cat Ba-LePont Bungalow Hostel

Nov 19 flight to Cambodia


Summary: motorcycles everywhere, traffic jams, markets with hanging meats like duck, chaotic, beautiful islands, boats, yummy foods.

Journal: hectic, fun, beautiful scenery


CAMBODIA

Duration: ~4 days


Nov 19-22 Siem Reap-Onederz Siem Reap Hostel

*Angkor Wat tour

Nov 22 flight to Thailand


Summary: poor/indigenous, ancient ruins, friendly locals, thrives off tourism.

Journal: poor, tourist trap, ancient


THAILAND

Duration: ~14 days


Nov 22-23 Bangkok-Laksameenarai Guesthouse

Nov 24-25 Phuket-Kata Beach-Sleepy Station

Nov 26-27 Phi Phi Islands-Ivory Phi Phi Island Hostel

Nov 28-Dec 2 Chiang Mai-B House Chiang Mai Thailand

*Bamboo Elephant tour

Dec 2 flight to India (Delhi to Rishikesh)


Summary: motorcycles everywhere, nice and rude locals, yummy foods, beautiful beaches and islands.

Journal: touristy, healthy, religious influences, hectic, beautiful landscapes


INDIA

Duration: ~20 days


Dec 2-14 Rishikesh-Om Shanti Om Ashram

Dec 15-18 New Delhi-Moustache Hostel Delhi

Dec 19 Agra-goStops Hostel (Stops Hostel Agra)

Dec 20-21 Jaipur-Moustache Hostel Jaipur

Dec 22-flight to USA


Summary: 3rd world/unreal, chaotic, dirty/polluted, ancient, ayurveda, yummy foods, yoga, cattle, non-stop.

Journal: ancient wisdom, divine truth, ayurveda, yoga, want to go back

 

LOGISTICS

Total Vaccinations: 4

  1. Tetanus

  2. Hepatitis A

  3. Yellow Fever (didn’t even need it)

  4. Typhoid

In my REI/Big Backpack:

  • 1 pair of long black regular legging

  • 3 pairs of long workout leggings

  • 4 pairs of regular workout leggings

  • 1 pair of jean shorts

  • 1 pair of water shorts

  • 2 pairs of workout shorts

  • 6 pairs of workout shirts

  • 5 pairs of regular tanks

  • 6 pairs of sports bras

  • 5 t-shirts

  • 2 sweatshirts

  • 1 rain jacket (Patagonia Torrentshell)

  • 1 pair of running shoes (Nike)

  • 1 pair of hiking shoes (Altra Superior 4 Trail-Running Shoes)

  • 1 pair of water shoes (Chaco)

  • 1 pair of sandals (Birkenstocks)

  • 1 pair of regular flip flops (Havanas)

  • 1 bag of sunscreen/bug spray, etc

  • 1 small travel towel (Rainleaf Microfiber)

In my Northface/Medium Backpack:

  • 1 bag of medicine (Tylenol, Tums, etc.)

  • 1 bag of toiletries

  • Laptop, journal, kindle

  • Chargers

In my REI/Small Backpack (included with the big backpack):

  • Water bottle (Hydroflask), wallet and random necessities (snacks, lip-balm, etc.)

Health Insurance:

Budget:

  • Didn't really have one (since this wasn't planned), but my goal was to spend about $1.5k/month (spent about $15k)


TRANSPORTATION


Total Buses: ~22

  1. Puerto viejo to Bocas Del Toro

  2. Boquete to Panama City

  3. Cartagena to Medellin

  4. Medellin to Jardin

  5. Jardin to Salento

  6. Salento to Popoyan

  7. Popoyan to Ipiales

  8. Ipiales to Quito

  9. Quito to Quilotoa

  10. Quilotoa to Baños

  11. Baños to Montanita

  12. Montanita to Mancora

  13. Mancora to Lobitos

  14. Lobitos to huanchaco

  15. Huanchaco to Huarez

  16. Huarez to Lima

  17. Cusco to Arequipa

  18. Arequipa to puno

  19. Copacabana to la Paz

  20. La Paz to Uyuni

  21. Uyuni to Sucre

  22. Rio to São Paulo

Total Flights: ~12

  1. Panama to Colombia

  2. Chile to New Zealand

  3. New Zealand to Australia

  4. Gold Coast to Sydney

  5. Sydney to Melbourne

  6. Australia to Singapore

  7. Singapore to Bali

  8. Bali to Vietnam

  9. Vietnam to Cambodia

  10. Cambodia to Thailand

  11. Thailand to India

  12. India to America


Total Car Rentals (*through JUCY Rentals): 3


NEW ZEALAND

1.North Island-Auckland back to Auckland-5 days

~NZD $243.05

2. South Island-Queenstown to Christchurch-9 days

~NZD $648.46


AUSTRALIA

3. Cairns to Gold Coast-6 days

~AUD $307.23


ACCOMODATION


Booking.com Reservations: ~60

*Top-Most Recent {Exact Dates, Prices }


INDIA

Moustache Hostel Delhi

Dec 15, 2019 – Dec 18, 2019·New Delhi

$115

Moustache Hostel, Jaipur

Dec 20, 2019 – Dec 21, 2019·Jaipur

$40


THAILAND

Lala Homestay Bingin

Nov 3, 2019 – Nov 5, 2019·Uluwatu

$41

Deva Devi Beach Inn

Nov 5, 2019 – Nov 6, 2019·Nusa Penida

$15

Sea Bridge Villa Ceningan

Nov 6, 2019 – Nov 7, 2019·Nusa Lembongan

$39

Kunang Kunang Guest House

Nov 7, 2019 – Nov 9, 2019·Ubud

$48

Serenity Eco Guesthouse

Nov 9, 2019 – Nov 11, 2019·Canggu

$62


VIETNAM

The Art - Vitamin Smiles Hostel

Nov 11, 2019 – Nov 13, 2019·Ho Chi Minh City

$37

Cô Tư's Homestay

Nov 13, 2019 – Nov 14, 2019·Phan Thiet

$8

Serenity Diamond Hotel

Nov 14, 2019 – Nov 16, 2019·Hanoi

$52

Little Charm Hanoi Hostel

Nov 16, 2019 – Nov 17, 2019·Hanoi

Canceled

$15

LePont Cat Ba Bungalow

Nov 16, 2019 – Nov 19, 2019·Cat Ba

$57

Onederz Siem Reap

Nov 19, 2019 – Nov 22, 2019·Siem Reap

$88.70


THAILAND

Laksameenarai Guesthouse

Nov 22, 2019 – Nov 24, 2019·Bangkok

$58

Sleepy Station

Nov 24, 2019 – Nov 26, 2019·Kata Beach

$72

Ivory Phi Phi Island

Nov 26, 2019 – Nov 28, 2019·Phi Phi Islands

$101

B House Chiang Mai Thailand

Nov 28, 2019 – Dec 2, 2019·Chiang Mai

$82


NEW ZEALAND

Glow Worm Accommodation

Oct 5, 2019 – Oct 6, 2019·Franz Josef

$53

Foley Towers BBH

Oct 7, 2019 – Oct 9, 2019·Christchurch

$117


AUSTRALIA

Bounce Cairns

Oct 9, 2019 – Oct 11, 2019·Cairns

$35

Backpackers By The Bay

Oct 11, 2019 – Oct 13, 2019·Airlie Beach

$104

Southside Holiday Village

Oct 13, 2019 – Oct 14, 2019·Rockhampton

$68

Dolphins Backpackers

Oct 14, 2019 – Oct 16, 2019·Sunshine Beach

$144

Backpackers In Paradise Resort

Oct 16, 2019 – Oct 19, 2019·Gold Coast

$67

The Surf House

Oct 19, 2019 – Oct 21, 2019·Byron Bay

$56

Pint On Punt Backpackers

Oct 24, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019·Melbourne

$134


CHILE

Rado Boutique Hostel

Sept 11, 2019 – Sept 13, 2019·Santiago

$121.50

Hotel Boutique Casa Vander

Sept 13, 2019 – Sept 16, 2019·Valparaíso

$181.23


BOLIVIA

Loki Hostel

Aug 18, 2019 – Aug 20, 2019·La Paz

$63.70

El Hotel de Su Merced

Aug 26, 2019 – Aug 28, 2019·Sucre

$78.38


BRAZIL

Ipanema Beach Hostel

Aug 29, 2019 – Sept 1, 2019·Rio de Janeiro

$125

Ipanema Beach Hostel

Sept 1, 2019 – Sept 2, 2019·Rio de Janeiro

$35


ARGENTINA

LOPEZ Hostel & Suites

Sept 2, 2019 – Sept 5, 2019·Buenos Aires

$97.50

San Francisco Plazza

Sept 2, 2019 – Sept 5, 2019·São Paulo

$59


BOLIVIA

San Martin Cataratas Resort & Spa

Sept 5, 2019 – Sept 7, 2019·Foz do Iguaçu

$102

Loki Hostel

Aug 18, 2019 – Aug 20, 2019·La Paz

$63.70


PANAMA

Bambuda Castle

Jun 24, 2019 – Jun 25, 2019·Boquete

$66.24

Bambuda Castle

Jun 25, 2019 – Jun 26, 2019·Boquete

$66.24

Zebulo Hostel

Jun 26, 2019 – Jun 27, 2019·Panama City

$27

Hotel Casa Panama

Jun 28, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019·Panama City

$146.60


COLOMBIA

Maloka Boutique Hostel

Jun 30, 2019 – Jul 1, 2019·Cartagena de Indias

$40

Masaya Hostel Santa Marta

Jul 3, 2019 – Jul 4, 2019·Santa Marta

$13

Dreamer Palomino

Jul 5, 2019 – Jul 6, 2019·Palomino

$77

Los Patios Hostel

Jul 8, 2019 – Jul 11, 2019·Medellín

$127

Sergeant Pepper's Hostel

Jul 11, 2019 – Jul 12, 2019·Jardin

$17

Terrazas de Salento

Jul 13, 2019 – Jul 15, 2019·Salento

$50

Hotel La Herreria Colonial

Jul 15, 2019 – Jul 17, 2019·Popayan

$50

Hotel Casa de Peregrinos

Jul 17, 2019 – Jul 18, 2019·Ipiales

$21


ECUADOR

Friends Quito

Jul 18, 2019 – Jul 20, 2019·Quito

$48.60

Martita's house hostal

Jul 20, 2019 – Jul 21, 2019·Quilotoa

$55

Hostal Amazonia y sol

Jul 21, 2019 – Jul 23, 2019·Baños

$26.32

Casa del Sol

Jul 24, 2019 – Jul 27, 2019·Montañita

$60.75


PERU

Hospedaje El Italiano

Jul 29, 2019 – Jul 31, 2019·Máncora

$76

La Casona de Lobitos

Jul 31, 2019 – Aug 1, 2019·Lobitos

$11.25

Frogs Chillhouse Hostel

Aug 3, 2019 – Aug 4, 2019·Huanchaco

$12.32

Akilpo

Aug 6, 2019 – Aug 7, 2019·Huaraz

$22.05

Faraona Grand Hotel

Aug 7, 2019 – Aug 10, 2019·Lima

$239.40

Flower's House

Aug 10, 2019 – Aug 11, 2019·Machu Picchu

$59.50

Hotel Santa Maria

Aug 11, 2019 – Aug 12, 2019·Cusco

$47.24

Hotel Santa Maria

Aug 12, 2019 – Aug 14, 2019·Cusco

$86.46


COSTA RICA

Oasis

Jun 16, 2019 – Jun 20, 2019·Puerto Viejo

$49.08

[WHEN MY DAD VISITED]

Hotel Cabinas Murillo

May 20, 2019 – May 21, 2019·2 rooms·Drake

$50

Hotel Villas Rio Mar

May 21, 2019 – May 22, 2019·2 rooms·Dominical

$150

Camino Verde B&B Monteverde Costa Rica

May 22, 2019 – May 23, 2019·2 rooms·Monteverde Costa Rica

$108


Airbnb.com Reservations: ~3

*{Exact Dates, Prices }


NEW ZEALAND


SEP 20 – SEP 23-Your cottage reservation $163.79

37Collingwood Street, Auckland, Auckland 1011, New Zealand


SEP 23 – SEP 24-Your apartment reservation $57.20

37 Symonds Street, Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand


SEP 24 – SEP 25-Your bungalow reservation $63.63

4 Fontenoy Street, Auckland, Auckland 1025, New Zealand


ENTERTAINMENT


Total Tours: ~40

  • City Free Walking Tours: South America ~15

  • Coffee Tours: Panama (Boquete), Colombia (Jardin) ~2

  • Boat Tours: Brazil (Iguazu), Australia (Coral Reefs, Whitesundays) ~3

  • Biking Tours: Ecuador (Banos), Bolivia (Death Road) ~2

  • Hostel Tours: Various locations (walking, hiking, hot springs, food, etc.) ~9

  • Other Tours: Ecuador (Amazon Day Tour), Bolivia (Uyuni Salt Desert), New Zealand (Hobbiton & Glow Worm), Indonesia (Nusa Penida scooter to Kelingking Beach), Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh, Cu Chi Tunnels), Vietnam (Phan Thiet White/Red Sand Dunes), Vietnam (Hanoi, Lying Dragon), Thailand (Chiang Mai Bamboo Elephant) ~9


OBSTACLES


Bus and flight delays varied from South America to Asia but didn’t affect the itinerary much.


Total Major Injuries: ~3


COSTA RICA

1. Osa Peninsula-motorcycle (3rd degree burn on calf) from hitch-hiking [a day before leaving the Peninsula]


PANAMA

2. Bocas Del Toro-scuba diving (right ear perforated coming up from 20m) [first scuba diving experience]











INDONESIA

3. Uluwatu-motorcycle crash (wounded left knee and arm) [X-ray showed no broken bones]

Accident Day: Accident Night:



Total Speeding Tickets: ~2


AUSTRALIA

1. Rockhampton- AUD $444 (police car)

2. Gold Coast- AUD $267.38 (camera)








OUTCOME


*TOTAL CONTINENTS: 3

*TOTAL COUNTRIES: 17

*DURATION: ~6 months


Below is a map of my route by Polarsteps!

Overview:

Central/South America:

New Zealand/Australia, Asia:

 

AUDREY THE AUDVENTURIST!

Proof that I'm alive (beginning to end) ;-)


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